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has faded. >>> u.s. troops shared a christmas meal thousands of miles from their family. while many troops said they would like to be home they say the bonds they have made with other troops both american and afghan are truly remarkable. >> christmas in afghanistan is amazing. the countries have come together and we have joined to celebrate this christmas day and this season as you can see all the people here in afghanistan are enjoying the meal at a family. >> reporter: the u.s. has 66,000 troops in afghanistan out of an international force totalling 102,000. >>> in his christmas address, pope benedict xvi called for peace in the middle east. >> i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >>> the pope delivered his speech to tens of thousands of people from the central balcony of st. peters basilica. he spoke about the violence in syria. he also urged the new leadership in china to give people there more religious freedom. >>> families in the south bay enjoying
of crimes for which its members would be stripped of their pensions and the u.s. house just passed a bill making it harder for federal workers who are suspended from the job to keep getting paid during that suspension. but that's not yet law. >> that was macfarlane reporting. >>> a national study has found modest declines in obesity in toddlers in poor families. researchers say the obesity epidemic may have peaked in kids between the ajs of two and four -- ages of two and four. scientists say school exercise programs are one reason for the change. broad changes in health and eating activities are also thought to be factors. >>> san francisco city officials are looking at a plan in which they would pay employees to make healthy choices. a new study those two-shirdz of the city -- two-thirds of the city workers are overweight or obesity. they will consider whether paying people to make healthy choice social security cheaper than paying for increased health care costs. >>> going over the fiscal cliff, raising taxes on us, lowering on corporations and what some call political shenanigans. . >
. hurricane sandy is the second costliest disaster in u.s. history. >>> they had the first hack-a-thon. they worked on ideas yesterday afternoon. the goal was to create fun and practical apps using public information available through county records. >> we have seen interesting ideas around restaurant inspections. and we have seen ideas around places like parks. parks and rec information was interesting to people. >>> the grand prize winners made an app called book it and they took home a $3,000 prize. >>> there appears to and growing backlash against the new logo for the university of california system. more than 25,000 people have signed an on line petition at change.org to review the new design which made its debut friday. some say it is undignified. the new design is not replacing the traditional logo and will be used in traditional to the university seal. >>> they won an emotional victory over western oregon as a player who almost died from cardiac arrest watched from the bench. doctors say danny berger was clinically dead for several seconds when he collapsed during an uta
to be the next nominee to become the u.s. secretary of state. reportedly president obama will announce his nomination in the coming weeks. word of kerry's selection comes days after the previous front runner u.n. ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration. if the nomination is confirmed by the senate, the 69-year-old would replace hillary clinton who plans to step down soon. >>> voters are heading to the polys to find out who will be the country's seventh prime minister in six years. the member is likely to be the next prime minister. tsunami politics likely to play a role in this nomination. >>> people in fiji are bracing themselves for cyclone e van. the storm already ripped through the city moe a area. four people are dead. eight are missing in samoa. it's expected to pass north of fiji today and intensify to a category four or five tonight. fiji has imposed a mandatory curfew for tonight it will last until tomorrow morning. >>> rescuers in marin county are being created for saving a driver who plunged off a cliff. the 77-year-old drove his mini van after the side of mui
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